NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, March 16th (All times eastern)
Washington Wizards (34-27) at Atlanta Hawks (11-52), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Washington Wizards begin a tough road stretch tonight when they visit the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.
Washington, which is currently tied for fourth in the East with Cleveland, will play seven of its next eight games away from home.
On Monday, Larry Hughes collected 21 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, as the Wizards defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 95-81, at the MCI Center.
Gilbert Arenas also netted 21 points and handed out five assists for Washington, which snapped a two-game skid and won for only the third time in its last eight contests. Brendan Haywood made all seven of his field-goal attempts and finished with 16 points for the Wizards.
On the injury front, Washington is expected to be without forward Antawn Jamison, who was limited in Monday's win due to right knee tendinitis. Kwame Brown is expected to receive the start in his place.
Washington, which has dropped eight of its last nine on the road, will visit Milwaukee on Friday.
Atlanta, meanwhile, has lost two straight games after ending a 13-game skid with a win over Toronto last Friday. On Monday the Hawks dropped a 114-108 contest to visiting Detroit in overtime. Chauncey Billups scored seven of his 22 points in overtime to lead the Pistons.
Al Harrington poured in a season-high 37 points on 17-of-28 shooting before fouling out in the extra session for the Hawks, who fell for the 22nd time in 25 games overall. Tyronn Lue racked up 27 points and 10 assists and Tom Gugliotta contributed 14 points off the bench.
The Hawks, who have lost four straight at home, will host New York on Friday to close out a four-game stand.
Washington is 2-0 against Atlanta this season, and has won three straight series games overall. The Wizards have won two of their last three in Atlanta.
03/16 10:06:18 ET